Happy Thursday, book friends! It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m not finding the usual time and energy to write blog posts in advance. Hence, this going up more like 7pm EST than 7am.
Nevertheless, here I am with our next selection from the Book of the Month shelf of shame on my TBR cart! This week’s pick is…
Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu
It is 1938 in China and, as a young wife, Meilin’s future is bright. But with the Japanese army approaching, Meilin and her four year old son, Renshu, are forced to flee their home. Relying on little but their wits and a beautifully illustrated hand scroll, filled with ancient fables that offer solace and wisdom, they must travel through a ravaged country, seeking refuge.
Years later, Renshu has settled in America as Henry Dao. Though his daughter is desperate to understand her heritage, he refuses to talk about his childhood. How can he keep his family safe in this new land when the weight of his history threatens to drag them down? Yet how can Lily learn who she is if she can never know her family’s story? Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. It’s about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the haunting question: What would it mean to finally be home?Bookshop.org synopsis
Why It’s On My TBR
I love a good multigenerational saga, particularly ones about families that are different from my own White-Midwestern-Appalchian roots. I haven’t read very many books that feature Chinese and/or Chinese-American protagonists, so this felt like an obvious Book of the Month selection!
So, what do you think of this week’s TBR title, book friends? Have you read it or put it on your TBR? Let me know!